When you look at the life span of Nelson Mandela 1918-2013 so much has transpired in this world. We remember him for his desire to bring change to the world. Yet most of his time was spent in prison – 27 years. There is one person who must be remembered for her work as well and that is his former wife, Winnie. I know that she does not have the hearts of South Africa or the world. Many condemn her for her actions especially the death of that young boy. We must keep in mind if it was not for her the dream that Nelson Mandela held, the vision and passion to bring equality and justice to South Africa from the oppression of the whites, would not have happened.

For many she went too far. I realize that. She is human. Like it or not she is part of the this man’s greatness. As for Nelson Mandela he too is human. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this man. After 27 years of being held by the state for crimes of treason he was let go. He did not hold anger in a destructive way. He chose to continue his path and desire to bring change. He united a country that was in turmoil.

Bill Clinton said there are only two men who have led with such selflessness and inspiration: Ghandi and Mandela. These men where transformational leaders – men inspired rather than rule by fear. Mandela did great things for South Africa and the world by raising awareness and consciousness about equality and justice.

And so a great man is dead. His memory will go on. The real test is now the choice of the people. Nelson was known as ‘Papa’. As the father of this country he inspired, guided, taught and led. Now it is time for the people to decide how they will continue this legacy. Will they embrace equality and justice and continue it or not?

I have never been or lived in South Africa. Talking to some of my friends I hear stories how the pendulum has swung too far. Now it is the whites who are being preyed on. At time not even safe in their own home. Being robbed and even at times killed.

This is not the answer that Mandela would have looked for. We are all human beings regardless of colour, creed, religion or background. Mandela’s exit from this world is so that we as humans can recognize that we are the same and begin to treat everyone with respect and acceptance. One group is not better than the other. The collective consciousness is ready for this if we choose.

The choice is ours.

South Africa will likely face some initial turmoil however hopefully a strong leader (if there isn’t one already in place) will arise and lead the people – all the people to a place where all humans are treated the same.

Let’s of course mourn and celebrate this man’s life. Let’s continue his legacy by showing that we as a human race have learned something in his lifetime. We are about to end 2013 and begin 2014 where truth more than ever is surfacing. What is our truth as human beings? What do we truly desire?

I know how I see my life unfolding. I will continue the legacy of truth, justice and equality.

I want to wish everyone a wonderful weekend.

All my love,


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